Claudia Hart “The Ruins”

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[Image: Claudia Hart, still from "The Ruins" (2020)]
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The Ruins implements still lifes, the classical form of a memento mori, to contemplate the decay of western civilization, using as its central metaphor the canons of modernist painting and the manifestos of failed utopias. Hart positions The Ruins as an antidote to a world in crisis, navigating from a Eurocentric paradigm of fixed photographic capture into a reality of malleable and inherently unstable computer simulations and systemic collapse. The exhibition provides a different notion of time, a present that viewers experience through the possibility of simulation technologies that use scientific data to model natural forces, the crystallization of past, future and present into a perpetual now.

The Ruins is also featured as a virtual exhibition in part with Ars Electronica’s 2020 Festival: In Kepler’s Gardens. To view the exhibition online in Mozilla Hubs, please click here. Special thanks to Matthew Gantt for his design and support.

Music and software programming for The Ruins custom algorithmic sound engine by Edmund Campion, Director, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, UC Berkeley. Original spoken voice recording by Claudia Hart. This piece utilizes the CNMAT “Resonators~” synthesis object designed by Adrian Freed. Special thanks to Jeremy Wagner and CNMAT for support with sound installation.



from September 10, 2020 to October 25, 2020
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–6pm.


Claudia Hart

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Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 18:00
sundays opening at 12:00
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays


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Phone: 212-366-6939 Fax: 212-366-6959

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